Cal baseball goes back to Harvard-Westlake for first baseman commit Casey Slattery

Cal nets another commitment on the baseball diamond, as smooth-hitting first baseman Casey Slattery re-establishes the Berkeley-Harvard Westlake pipeline.

On Sunday, California alumnus Josh Satin was not with Team Israel as they, and fellow former Bear Charlie Cutler, clinched a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic with a 9-1 win over Great Britain. He was with his wife, as she gave birth to their first child.

Both Satin and Cutler were on the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifier team that just missed out on a berth in the ensuing Classic with a narrow loss to Spain in the win-or-go-home finale of that tournament, so Sunday served as a bit of vindication for the pair of former Bears. A week ago, as Satin rides off into the sunset and retirement from baseball, another slugger from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake pledged his commitment to Cal, in Casey Slattery. While Satin wound up at first base to end his professional career, that's where Slattery -- at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds -- will be starting.

Slattery committed two Saturdays ago, during his visit to Berkeley for the game against Texas.

"It's a great campus, beautiful campus, great baseball program, great academics, and just not much more to say than that," he said.

Slattery has not spoken with Satin's recruiting classmate from Harvard-Westlake -- former big leaguer Brennan Boesch -- but he has had contact with Satin, who was a Freshman All-American and a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection for the Bears in 2005.

"I've seen Satin come to Harvard-Westlake a bunch of times, and I've actually talked to him," Slattery said. "I talked to him a little bit this summer, because he was working out at our field, and he gave me a couple of hitting pointers when I was in eighth grade."

Just six weeks ago, Cal picked up on Slattery, and as he was headed to the Los Angeles Rams preseason game at the Los Angeles Coliseum, he got a text from recruiting coordinator Brad Sanfilippo.

"He said, 'We like what we see, and we'd like to have you up here for a visit,'" Slattery said.

The Bears offered Slattery the day of his visit -- his first offer -- but Pepperdine, Wake Forest and North Carolina were all poking around the 2018 prospect.

"I had always been in love with the state of North Carolina, and in July, I tried to stick to more West Coast schools," Slattery said. Top Stories